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Heartfelt description of the holiday isle's natural attractions to contrast with its reputation as a party destination.
Loads of photos detail the island's wildlife , some are a bit too small really, but the author is tryinfg to pack a lot of information into a small space.
Perhaps the most famous wildlife attraction of Zante, the breeding Sea Turtles, could have been covered in more detail but I think Gail Schofield is trying to draw attention to the lesser known aspects of the place. Orchid photos particularly good.
Detail in book is excellent on the whole but not very current as we found when we tried to follow a walking route which seemed to be blocked off by wire fence and a road route that was quite unclear (but ended successfully & unexpectedly at a good local taverna). We didn't access the latest updates before we travelled but suggest this needs greater emphasis both in the book & online to make sure of the info being used. Have to say that some of the available tourist maps were of as much use for driving / walking as the guide but without the local detail to back up the info.
Full of info....some interesting walks to explore a really beautiful island...very unspoilt...loved the notes on flora and fauna especially- although maybe good to put all animals and plants together, so when you spotted one, you didn't have to trail through book to find what it was...probably wouldn't bother someone else if not that interested in this though!....only other point was that the road map was a little confusing as so many minor roads were not on it and not sure which was on map or not....however, a brill small book packed full of interesting and informative info!!
I bought this to do some walks as there are over 20 routes described. We managed three of the easier trips in a week.We were based in Alykanas and found it essential to hire a car to reach the start for two of the walks.
This is much more than a regular travel guide. The best book about Zakynthos. Accurate and updated information. A superb introduction to the political, social and natural history of the island of Zante. The walking/cycling tours with detailed maps you cannot find anywhere else! This is maybe the only Zakynthos travel guide written by someone who actually lives on the island. Also travel tips for where to stay and what to see.
Checked out loads of travel books until I came across another review praising this one. Was so impressed that I decided to buy it and was not disappointed. It is well set out, very easy to follow and not at all dry. I can thoroughly recommend this book and would buy any others she has written if the occasion warrants it.